Perinatal health and long-term outcomes of premature birth and early brain injury

Premature birth can result in a large range of complications for the baby in the short term but can also contribute to lifelong disability. Of particular concern is the impact of premature delivery on the developing brain.  BDHP researchers are leading international research to understand how premature birth contributes to cerebral palsy. It is estimated that 1 in 500 Australians will be diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) of which half will be born preterm. Research in this theme will determine the early biomarkers of CP as well as test new methods to detect and prevent and repair brain injury much earlier (neuroprotection). These research programs represent advances towards better developmental outcomes for preterm and term babies through early detection and early interventions resulting in less developmental delay and cerebral palsy. In so doing, the costs to families and society will be reduced.

Stream Leaders

Professor Paul Colditz

Perinatal Research Centre
The University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Deputy Director
University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research Group Head
Clinical Neurosciences Laboratory
UQCCR Neonatal Paediatrician
Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Honorary Professorial Research Fellow
Mater Research Institute - UQ President-elect
Paediatrics and Child Health Division
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Professor Roslyn N Boyd

NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (2016-2020 Professor of Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research
Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Stream Team

Associate Professor Helen Liley

Senior (Eminent) Staff Specialist in Neonatology